Standards 
Subject Matter: This lesson
is appropriate for 4^{th} and 5^{th} grade mathematics. The following
standards are addressed for each grade level.
1.0 Students organize, represent, and interpret
numerical and categorical data and clearly communicate their findings.
1.1 formulate survey questions; systematically collect and
represent data on a number line; and coordinate graphs, tables and charts 1.2 identify the mode(s) for sets of categorical data and the mode(s), median, and any
apparent outliers for numerical data sets
Grade 5: Statistics, Data Analysis and Probability 1.0 Students display, analyze, compare, and interpret
different data sets, including data sets of different sizes.
1.1 know the concepts of mean, median, and mode; compute
and compare simple examples to show that they may differ 1.4 identify ordered pairs of data from a graph and interpret the meaning of the data in terms of the situation
depicted by the graph
Technology: The technology
standards that are addressed in this lesson are: Standard 5Technology research toolsstudents use technology to locate, evaluate,
and collect information from a variety of sources Students use technology tools
to process data and report results. 
Essential Question 
Students are to evaluate admission costs for their family to 5 California
Amusement parks, and find the one that is in the median price range. (for the
math assignment)
Create a graphic organizer as a part of task definition in order to help
students brainstorm ideas and organize concepts and ideas. 
1. Task Definition 1.1
Define the information problem 1.2 Identify information needed in order to complete the task (to solve the information
problem) 
Subsidiary Questions 
Students are then to look
at the attractions offered at each of the parks, and make a decision on which one they think is the best deal for the money. They will compare and contrast the featured attractions at two of the parks that they
wish to visit. (Using a Venn Diagram) 
2. Information Seeking Strategies 2.1
Determine the range of possible sources (brainstorm) 2.2 Evaluate the different possible sources to determine priorities
(select the best sources) 
Student Tasks
Activities
Procedures 
Internet Data Collection: (List websites and describe data you want students to collect for research
and comparison in Excel).
http://www.sixflags.com/
for six flags they can pick either Vallejo, or Magic Mountain
Disneyland ParkAnaheim, California
Where to Coast » Paramount's Great America
Ticket Prices Information (Santa Cruz Boardwalk)
Park Fast Facts (Universal Studios)
After the students have searched the websites and calculated the cost for their family for each
of these 5 amusement parks. They are to arrange them in order from least expensive
to most expensive.
Then they will pick two of the parks they wish to visit, and they will compare and contrast the
available features, such as how many roller coasters, and other attractions. They
will compare and contrast the two parks using a Venn Diagram.
Each individual students price data will be entered into a class Excel Spreadsheet Database, and
we will be able to see the results recorded, and be able to graph which parks were selected, and see the outcomes visually.

3. Location and Access 
Locate the Data 3.1 Locate sources (intellectually and physically) 3.2 Find information within sources
4. Use of Information  Collect the Data 4.1
Engage (e.g., read, hear, view, touch) the information in a source 4.2 Extract relevant information from a source
5. Synthesis  Create the Spreadsheet Picturing
the Data in Excel 5.1 Organize information from multiple sources 5.2 Present the information 
Assessment 
Students will present what they found out about the attractions, and costs. They will describe some of the attractions that interest them, and the other family members at the parks,
etc.
Some parks will be a better deal for a family (for
example if a family has toddlers, Disneyland might be better for them than Six Flags because there is a height requirement
for the rollercoaster’s at six flags, whereas in Disneyland the rides are pretty much for everyone.
Students are to show their calculations on the costs and label them accordingly. Also, the Venn Diagram needs to be filled out correctly and completely. For the presentation they should
be able to explain which park they think is a better deal, and has the most attractions that interest their family

6. Evaluation 6.1
Judge the product (effectiveness) 6.2 Judge the information problemsolving process (efficiency) 